Kansas City COVID-19 Daily Briefing for Nov. 3

Posted at 11:03 AM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 12:03:05-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 41 Action News is offering a daily recap of COVID-19 related stories from across Kansas City and the country. Check back every morning for the latest developments.

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University of Kansas Health System daily update

A population health researcher joined the University of Kansas Health System doctors on their daily call Tuesday morning to discuss new mask research happening in Kansas.

She said that counties with mask mandates in place have presented a flat case rate in recent months, while counties without mask mandates have shown cases increasing at a "monotonic" rate.

Kansas, Kansas City metro shatter single-day COVID-19 record

Case number records continue to be shattered in Kansas and local areas.

Monday, Kansas posted 3,666 new cases, which is the highest ever single-day report in Kansas and Missouri.

In the Kansas City area specifically, there were 1,371 new cases Monday — a 20% increase over the previous highest single-day report.

Missouri middle schooler dies due to COVID-19 complications

In Missouri, an eighth grader died after he was hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms.

Peyton Baumgarth lived in the St. Louis area, and died less than two weeks after his last day at school.

Johnson County COVID-19 numbers rise over weekend; schools review data

Despite the fact that Johnson County's positivity rate was at 9.9% as of Monday, the county health department recommends schools remain in the orange zone of its gating criteria.

"We're falling short as a community and there are no good answers," said Heather Simons, a parent in the Shawnee Mission School District. "We can't pretend like everything is normal and we can go about life as normal."

Turner High School to go remote through Thanksgiving

In Kansas City, Kansas, Turner High School is moving to virtual learning through Thanksgiving due to a high number of cohorts in quarantine.

Thirty staff members and 130 students are in quarantine, with 26 students testing positive.

Costco selling COVID-19 test kits online; are they reliable?

Would you buy a COVID-19 test from your local big box retailer? It's an option for Costco members, with prices ranging from $129.99 to $139.99.

The tests Costco is selling have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, though they have received emergency authorization, like many other tests currently on the market.

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